Etch holds a regular scratch night at The Peckham Pelican that discovers, develops and showcases new work in theatre.

Etch scratch nights are pay-what-you-can-events. 

Etch scratch nights always hold an open submission policy. Our submission windows are advertised on our website and social media accounts. We are happy to accept scripts from companies. Etch looks for work that is still in development and geared towards a future life. Unless you are submitting as a company, we will match your work with a carefully chosen director. This process is always collaborative.

We are always looking to work with new directors so please do send us your CV. We aim to meet all directors who contact us. We are happy to accept scripts from directors. 

We do not yet hold auditions for our scratch nights. If you are interested in working with us, please send us your CV and we will be in touch with anything we think you may be right for. We tend to cast actors whose work we have seen, so do let us know about any upcoming projects that we can attend.

We always prefer to meet artists in person, so please come and say hello at any of our events or productions!

Submissions are now OPEN for etch011 scratch night at The Peckham Pelican.

What Etch are looking for:

  • An extract of new work still in development no more than 15 minutes in length that has never before been produced.
  • A clear outline for an extract of new work to be devised during the 2 day period.

What Etch will be offering:

  • 2 days development and rehearsal of your work in progress.

  • Rehearsal space.

  • A carefully matched director to lead the development and rehearsal.

  • Casting by Etch team.

  • A work in progress performance at The Peckham Pelican performed off-book.

  • Support from the Etch team including sound and stage management.

Please send your extracts of new work still in development to

We will be accepting submissions from both individuals and companies. If your work already has a director or cast attached, please state this in your email.

Date of scratch night TBC

This is an unpaid opportunity, all ‘Pay what you can’ proceeds will go directly back into the running of the event.